The annual Al-Sumait Prize honors individuals or institutions who have, through their work or research, made significant advances in the fields of food security, health, and education in Africa. An initiative of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the late Amir of the State of Kuwait, it’s goal to shine a light on those making a positive difference to sustainable development in Africa.
Administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and a Board of Trustees, the awards celebrate the work and accomplishments of Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who spent his lifetime helping the poor in Africa in the field of health and education.
The objective of the prizes is to recognize best studies, scientific projects, applied research, and innovative initiatives that have a significant impact and lasting influence on advancing progress to economic and social development in Africa.
A short introduction
to the prize
Dr. Catherine Nakalembe
Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)
The African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases
Dr John N. Nkengasong
Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy – South Africa
Ubongo Learning – Tanzania
The Africa Rice Center (Based in Cote d’ivoire)
Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)
Professor Sheila K. West
Rakai Health Sciences Program
Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim
Al-Sumait Prize 2017 laureates in the field of Education
The Sweet Potato Team of the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru
The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria
Dr. Kevin Marsh
with our video and image gallery
It is a great honor for us to have these distinguished people as the members of
the Board of Trustees of the Al-Sumait Prize